26 April 2017
Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.
The Secretary General for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media. They were confirmed 26 April by Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesman for the European Space Agency, or ESA.
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China eyes international ‘Moon Village’
25 April 2017
The "moon village," a long-term manned scientific research base, is an inevitable step as lunar studies develop, as it can greatly enhance research and provide unique conditions to study the moon, Jiao Weixin, a professor at the School of Earth and Space Sciences in Peking University said.
He added that China should be confident in and stick to its own moon exploration agenda, which has been fruitful, instead of trying to catch up with other countries' achievements.
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